gesticulate

[ je-stik-yuh-leyt ]
/ dʒɛˈstɪk yəˌleɪt /
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verb (used without object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.

to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.

verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.

to express by gesturing.

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Origin of gesticulate

1595–1605; <Latin gesticulātus (past participle of gesticulārī), equivalent to Late Latin (assumed in Latin ) gesticul(us) gesture (diminutive of gestus;see gestic, -cule1) + -ātus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for gesticulate

gesticulate
/ (dʒɛˈstɪkjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

to express by or make gestures

Derived forms of gesticulate

gesticulative, adjectivegesticulator, noun

Word Origin for gesticulate

C17: from Latin gesticulārī, from Latin gesticulus (unattested except in Late Latin) gesture, diminutive of gestus gesture, from gerere to bear, conduct
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